Focus On… A Community Tradition

By Ashley Taylor, Editorial Assistant

Strawberry Days

Delicious food, live music, a parade and beautiful local art displays all in the heart of Glenwood Springs? Talk about the perfect way to welcome the summer season. Next month you can enjoy Colorado’s longest-running community festival: Strawberry Days.

Voted “Most Fun Town in America” by Rand-McNally and USA Today, Glenwood Springs certainly has a lot to offer, and this family-friendly festival is no exception.


The first Strawberry Days Festival was held on June 18, 1898, with the goal of promoting the best fruits, vegetables and dairy products that Colorado had to offer.

Local farmers donated freshly harvested strawberries and cream for the 2,000 people who attended that first year, florists set up arrangements at the opera house on Riverfront, and attendees danced the night away to the sounds of the Colorado Midland Band.

The festival was such a hit that the Glenwood Springs chamber was founded in 1919 in part to ensure the successful continuation of Strawberry Days.


Today, Glenwood Springs proudly continues the beloved tradition that has become an integral part of the community, serving tens of thousands of patrons each year since it began more than a century ago.

This year, Strawberry Days celebrates its 126th anniversary, and though the town has seen some changes over the years, the core purpose of gathering with friends and family wiling away early summer days with lively music and fabulous food remains the same.


Strawberry Days begins the evening of Friday, June 16 and runs through Sunday, June 18. It is held at Two Rivers Park in Glenwood Springs. Before you go, visit

Ashley Taylor is the editorial assistant for Colorado Country Life. She enjoys exploring the beautiful Colorado outdoors and finding new adventures in her home state.